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Department of Psychology

Faculty and students in Drexel's psychology department work side-by-side on cutting-edge research and clinical projects in areas including health, forensics, neuropsychology, pediatric and child psychology, cognitive, human experimental, clinical psychology and more.

Drexel University’s Department of Psychology is an active community of internationally known faculty and student scholars. Our department features state-of-the-art research labs, a training clinic, and a wide array of research and clinical opportunities for our graduate and undergraduate students.

Students in Drexel's Bachelor of Science in Psychology program learn how to frame and find answers to important questions regarding human behavior, cognition and emotion, while working alongside faculty who are leaders in the field. Within the psychology program, students have the option to focus in specific areas: Mind, Brain and Behavior, Human Development or Clinical and Health. For a select number of undergraduates, the psychology department offers an Accelerated BS/MS degree that allows students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years.

At the graduate level, the Master of Science in Psychology is ideal for students who wish to pursue advanced education in scientific psychology and research methods. Our terminal degrees include the PhD in Clinical Psychology, which trains students in the scientist-practitioner model; the PhD in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences, which emphasizes rigorous quantitative and methodological training; and the joint JD/PhD in Law and Psychology, which bridges the gap between the two disciplines.

Psychology Research

The Department of Psychology is actively engaged in vibrant research initiatives to advance the science and practice of psychology. Faculty publish widely, are featured in national and international media, and have won major research awards from premier research bodies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The main research areas in the psychology department are:

Drexel Co-Op for Psychology Students

Through Drexel’s cooperative education program (co-op), undergraduates embark on up to three, six-month periods of employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their résumés and building a professional network in the process. Students in our psychology program have held co-op positions at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Magee Rehabilitation Center, the School District of Philadelphia, the Drexel Psychological Services Center, as well as nonprofit organizations focused on health and wellbeing in the community.

Learn More About Drexel Co-op for Psychology Majors

Mentorship and Support

Drexel’s psychology department is a close-knit group that prioritizes student support and mentorship. A unique feature of our undergraduate program is our Faculty First-Year Mentorship Program, which pairs new psychology majors with a faculty member with a similar clinical or research interest. During their first year at Drexel, students meet with their faculty mentors once per term to explore their academic and professional goals, learn about the department’s resources, and receive guidance as they adjust to life at Drexel. Graduate students in the department are mentored by one or two faculty members who serve as professional and academic advisers. They also work one-on-one in faculty labs, gaining intensive research experience in a variety of clinical and research settings.

Psychology Student Organizations

The psychology community in our department is lively and fueled by two active student organizations, which support the study of psychology in the college:

  • PSI CHI Honor Society - Provides academic recognition for inductees and encourages the growth of psychology through members' participation in psychology-related activities.
  • Psychology Club - Strives to promote interest in psychology through events, activities, and social interactions between students and faculty. Learn more at
student Meghan Plank
“Five years at Drexel, four years as a Division I athlete, three co-ops, two degrees, and one senior thesis. My experiences at Drexel have been diverse, exhilarating, challenging, and fulfilling in so many ways.”Meghan PlankBS psychology & BS entrepreneurship ’16

Recent News

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  • 2020 CoAS Research Day Winners Paper Wasps to Fenceline Communities: Top Student-Led Research from Spring and Summer The College of Arts and Sciences’ first-ever virtual Research Day showcased unique and innovative research conducted last spring and summer by Drexel students and their CoAS faculty mentors. The research may have been conducted as part of a research co-op, STAR Scholars project, independent funding and more. Learn more about the students who received the day’s top prizes and how the awardees have used the projects to push forward in their academic and professional careers.
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Prospective Students

Please email or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

Undergraduate Advising

Jenna Gregory

Jenna Gregory

Academic Adviser
3031 MacAlister Hall
215.895.2689 |

Devon M. Thomas

Devon M. Thomas

Senior Academic Adviser
Stratton Hall, 103A
215.895.0487 |

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Department of Psychology

Stratton Hall
3201 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104